Hungarian parliament votes through a law granting the government special powers ostensibly to combat coronavirus crisis. Photograph: MTI Zoltan Mathe/Pool via Reuters

How should Europe respond to the imposition of indefinite rule in Hungary by the decree of its firebrand nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orban? Cr(...)

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives to attend the plenary session of the Parliament ahead of a vote to grant the government special powers to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis in Budapest, Hungary, March 30, 2020. MTI Zoltan Mathe/Pool via REUTERS

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen did not mention Hungary by name, but her target was clear. A day after Viktor Orban’s parliament pa(...)

President of European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen. Photograph: AFP via Getty

The European Commission wants the power to tap international markets to raise €100 billion in loans to help Italy, Spain and other countries worst aff(...)

Farming, food production and distribution industries in the EU are heavily reliant on cross-border labour. File photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The European Commission has urged member states to allow vital workers to cross borders as restrictions on travel threaten to leave harvests unpicked (...)

 A quiet Wicklow Street in Dublin city centre on Thursday, closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Euro zone leaders failed to reach agreement on Thursday night on additional borrowing tools to help countries finance their response to the coronaviru(...)

Prime minister Oliver Spasovski (C) addresses citizens in Skopje, North Macedonia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Government of the Republic of North Macedonia/EPA

North Macedonia and Albania have been given approval by European ministers to start EU membership talks, in what Brussels called proof of its commitme(...)

The finance ministers said the “major economic shock” caused by Covid-19 justified the triggering of the “general escape clause” from EU budget rules

EU finance ministers have agreed to suspend restrictions on borrowing and spending to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic havoc it is (...)

President of the European Central Bank Christine Lagarde: ‘Extraordinary times require extraordinary action.’

Eight minutes after Wednesday midnight in Frankfurt, European Central Bank (ECB) president Christine Lagarde took to Twitter to channel her own versio(...)

A sanitisation operation in the streets of the Quartieri Spagnoli of Naples, to stem the danger of contagion and spread of Covid-19

Irish medicine supplies remain strong despite Covid-19, the Irish pharmaceutical trade association has said as the European Union announced a new €50 (...)

 Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio  holding a press conference with a limited number  of reporters  at the Farnesina Palace in Rome. Photograph:  EPA/Ettore Ferrari

It was a black Thursday in Italy. The country was in lockdown. Coronavirus deaths were soaring. Hospitals were overwhelmed, with more patients than av(...)

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